I went to Plaza Fiesta with my family about a week ago. It’s an indoor shopping mall with a huge kids play area and arcade. It just so happens to be located across the street from Carowinds. So, while we were there I ran across the street and took a few pictures of Intimidator from a far. These aren’t the greatest ‘construction’ photos, but it’s still a look at the coaster before it’s open.
Intimidator’s So Tall it Can Be Seen from Another State!
Okay, so Carowinds actually straddles the North Carolina/South Carolina border. So it’s obvious that you’d be able to see Intimidator from another state, but you really can see the 232′ tall roller coaster miles from the park. As we headed south towards the park on I-77 we could see that massive red track on the skyline probably about four or five miles away. It may benefit from sitting on a slight hill, but Intimidator is intimidating nonetheless.
Hyper coasters are nothing new to me or many other hard core coaster enthusiasts, but you forget just how BIG 200-plus feet is until you’re standing in front of it. There’s no terrain or trees hiding it. It’s just right there near the front of the park dwarfing Carowinds’ other rides like Afterburn and Nighthawk. I can’t imagine how tall Kings Dominion’s Intimidator 305 will look like in person.
There were no trains on the track, but I did spot someone standing on the brake run as we left. Aside from just looking big, it looks like it should offer a ton of airtime like most other B&M hyper coasters. I’m excited to try out the new seats with their staggered design (seen here in the photo gallery). I’d imagine that you feel really ‘out there’ even more than you already do on B&M trains.
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Also, check out the official Intimidator site for better construction pictures, a webcam, wallpapers, and more information. And read my first impressions on the annoucement of Intimidator at Carowinds.
UPDATE 2/6 – Test run videos are starting to surface. There’s almost no doubt that Intimidator should open with the park on 3/27! Check out this Intimidator Test Run Video:
What’s Your Take?
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